Roumanian Premier Promises Far Reaching Measures to Meet Demands of Jewish Deputies
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Roumanian Premier Promises Far Reaching Measures to Meet Demands of Jewish Deputies

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Premier Alexander Vaida Voevod today promised a delegation representing the Jewish Party in the Roumanian Parliament that his government would in the Fall undertake far-reaching measures to meet the Jewish demands regarding the status of the Jewish “Staatenlose,” the organization of the Jewish Communities; subsidies for the Kehiloth; and alleviation of the distress caused by the Sunday Closing law.

The pledge was given by the Roumanian Premier following representations of the group which included Deputies Meyer Ebner, Josef Fischer, Michael Landau and Marton.

An amendment to the citizenship law will be enacted in the fall in order to end the abnormal position of the Jewish “Staatenlose,” Premier Vaida Voevod promised.

An amendment to the present Jewish Communities law, against which Roumanian Jewry is united in opposition, will also be adopted, he said. The amendment will permit the organization of autonomous Jewish communities.

Told of the failure of the government to make payment of the subsidies promised to the Kehiloth, the Premier stated that regular monthly payments would be made of the 1932 subsidies.

He agreed also to alleviate the Sunday closing law in favor of Jewish artisans who really observe the Sabbath.

While the government’s financial position prevents the opening of a Jewish Teachers’ Seminary, Premier Vaida Voevod stated that the rights of Jewish teachers already in the profession will not be infringed upon and that matriculated Jews will be enabled to acquire teachers’ diplomas upon the completion of extension courses.

An end will be put to the persecution of Zionist youth by local administrations, the Premier also promised.

The Jewish delegation pointed to the discrepancy between the burden of taxation placed upon the towns and that imposed upon the village and submitted a memorandum outlining the difficulty of the economic position of the Jews, mostly town inhabitants, as a result of this discrepancy.

The Premier stated that he would arrange for further discussion of the economic question in the presence of the Ministers responsible for the situation.

The Jewish Deputies stated that the reception accorded them by the Premier was cordial.

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